Monday, May 9, 2016

BKLYN DESIGNS 2016--On the Hunt For Innovative Design With IFDA Selects!

IFDA NY chapter was out and about last Friday in Brooklyn for the annual BKLYN DESIGNS.  Our hand-picked judges are talents from the design industry who scoured the show to award Best In Show in ten categories.  A special thank you to member Julie Schuster for this guest post/recap of a fantastic day, and to Claudia Giselle Tejeda for the Instagram take over plus these lovely photographs! A very warm congratulations to those selected:

IFDA Selects at Brooklyn Designs, May 6, 2016
guest post by Julie Schuster
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Friday was an early morning.  Under cloudy skies, zipping off on the subway to midtown with the rush to “off to work” travelers, I was meeting a bus to make the trek from Manhattan to the Brooklyn Designs show in Greenpoint.  As part of the adjudication panel for IFDA Selects, I had no idea how wonderfully the day would turn out.
This burgeoning start up show, in its second year, is a showcase for much of the growing arts and crafts scene in Brooklyn, running May 6 – 8.  The location was flooded with natural light from all of the surrounding floor to ceiling windows.  Nearly all of the venue’s displayers are local to the area, giving one a great opportunity to get an overview of the array of creativity developing here.  The venue had running CEU presentations all day in their theater and Naula created a wonderful Press Room for 
Our team to meet and discuss the categories and winners.

The judging panel was treated to a gourmet lunch courtesy of AJ Madison Appliances in their beautiful kitchen display booth, courtesy of Tulley Road Caterers, featuring locally grown and sourced delights.  The evening concluded with a cocktail party for attendees and show vendors alike, giving everyone an opportunity to mingle and enjoy the wonderful location together.  All in all, an amazing day!

CATEGORY:  Furniture
WINNER:  Krivens Partners – Propeller Table
JUDGE:  Richard Segal
CATEGORY:  Gourmet Housewares
WINNER:  Signe Yberg Ceramics
JUDGE:  Claudia Giselle Tejeda
CATEGORY:  Innovative Booth Design
WINNER:  Naula
JUDGE:  Barbara Haberman
CATEGORY:  Mimi Levitan
WINNER :  Earthly Design – Hemp based/Eco friendly fabrics
JUDGE:  Mimi Levitan
CATEGORY:  Green Sensibility
WINNER:  Sawkill Lumber Co.
JUDGE:  Scott Hohl
CATEGORY:  Surfaces
WINNER:  Peg Woodworking
JUDGE:  Rose Ott
CATEGORY:  Tabletop
WINNER:  Think Fabricate – Brooklyn Plates
JUDGE:  Carolyn Cirillo
CATEGORY:  Design & Architectural Services
WINNER:  Garrison Architects – Pod Hotel
JUDGE:  Jan Girard
CATEGORY:  Lighting
WINNER:  Popular Architecture – Downside Up LED Suspension Light
JUDGE:  Julie Schuster
WINNER:  Smash Industries
JUDGE:  Andrea Algaze

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